- The Washington Times - Friday, January 2, 2015

An alleged Russian spy ring has been busted at a major NATO air base in Lithuania.

Members of the alleged ring were detained at a NATO base in the Lithuanian city of Siauliai. A Lithuanian lieutenant colonel, Vidmantas Raklevicius, confirmed with the Russian news agency Itar-Tass that one of the individuals was one of his officers.

“The special services informed me about his capture,” the officer said, Newsweek reported Wednesday.

Lithuania’s department for national security declined to comment on the ongoing investigation, the magazine reported.

The air base is where Baltic patrol flights are coordinated and a “key hub of intelligence sharing,” Newsweek reported.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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